About Science ATL - Bring people together through the wonder of science
  • About Science ATL

What Is Science ATL?

Science ATL brings people together through the wonder of science. Our mission is to cultivate an equitable community of lifelong learners across metro Atlanta who are connected and inspired by the wonder of science.

How Does Science ATL Achieve Their Mission?

We aim to achieve our mission through work in our three pillars:

Love of Science

Inspiring a lifelong sense of wonder and curiosity about the world

Foster the public’s positive relationships with science and scientists.

Create connections between science and other areas of interest.

Engender a sense of pride in local Atlanta contributions to science and technology.

Increase participation in out-of-school science learning opportunities for all ages.


Using the universality of science to bring people together

Seed and strengthen collaborations among organizations working to improve science learning in Atlanta.

Collaborate with diverse partners to integrate public science activities into Atlanta’s arts and culture.

Empower young leaders to drive positive change in their community.

Prepare and provide opportunities for STEM professionals to engage with their communities.

Inform the community about opportunities to engage with science.

Equitable Access

Improve access to science learning experiences for all in metro Atlanta

Reduce barriers that prevent people from engaging with science outside of school.

Share scientific information in ways that are clear, relevant, representative, and captivating to diverse audiences.

Founded By:

Emory University
Metro Atlanta Chambers
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta in gray and purple colors

What Is Science ATL’s Vision?

We envision Atlanta as a science city, where people celebrate a shared appreciation for the ways science and technology are fundamental to the health and prosperity of our community, and where everyone — regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic status — has equitable access to science learning opportunities.

What Does Science ATL Do?

Science ATL produces events and community-building activities to improve access to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEM/STEAM) learning opportunities, and to strengthen Atlanta’s STEAM ecosystem.

Our flagship initiative, Atlanta Science Festival, has brought engaging informal science learning experiences to more than 250,000 people in the metro region. Seven years of Festival events have inspired many Atlanta youth and adults to see that science is present all around and can be for everyone, not just those with white coats in labs.

In addition to the Festival, Science ATL develops and collaborates on new and accessible year-round events, broadens and strengthens partnerships across educational, cultural, and industry sectors, and inspires and prepares the next generation of STEM leaders. Science ATL includes The Science Scene community events calendar, the Chief Science Officers leadership program for middle and high school students, a science communication fellowship, and additional public science events and learning opportunities throughout the year, such as the 5K Race Through Space.

Three circles that say Public Engagement, STEM Leadership, and Partner Building

Annual Reports

2017 Annual Report cover

2018 Annual Report
(as Atlanta Science Festival Inc.)

2018 Annual Report cover

2017 Annual Report
(as Atlanta Science Festival Inc.)

Founded by: Emory University Georgia Institute of Technology Metro Atlanta Chamber

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